Meet Our Guides

Our Full-Time Staff

Each member of Journey Quest’s staff has a heart for Jesus Christ and to see the lives of kids and adults changed by the power of the gospel. Combined they have over 60 years experience in Christian camping and wilderness ministry. They are dedicated to the ministry and passionate for God’s creation.

2019 Guide Team

As we near the start of our 2019 season, we are excited to introduce you to the guides who are ready to serve your family or your group this summer. We can’t wait to see how God will work through each and every one of them. This page will be updated throughout the spring, so check back often.

Join Our Team

Each summer we hire a guide team to serve our guests. We seek staff who have a passion to know and serve Jesus Christ, a heart to minister to youth and families, and a desire to serve in an outdoors-based wilderness ministry. If that’s you, consider applying for the next summer!

Mark & Sarah Anderson

President / CEO

Mark grew up in the Chicago area and moved out to Colorado in 1992 to serve at Camp Redcloud, a Christian camp in Southwest Colorado. God used Mark’s first year there to bring Mark to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and he served there for several more years before he helped start a wilderness ministry at Redcloud’s sister camp in New-Zealand. In 1997, Mark joined the staff at Reachout Expeditions (now YD Adventures) in Oregon where, despite his fear of water, he became a whitewater raft guide. Mark stayed at YD for nine years guiding river trips, mountaineering adventures, and eventually serving as Program Director.

Sarah grew up in Greeley, Colorado, and loves outdoor adventure. While attending Trinity Western University, she guided for several summers at YD Adventures in Oregon. This is where she met Mark, and they were married in 2001. Sarah has a passion for wilderness ministry, discipleship, gourmet cooking, and hospitality.

Mark & Sarah returned to Colorado in 2005 to direct Camp Redcloud’s wilderness ministry and youth discipleship programs until 2011. During this time they began to sense God’s leading to start a new wilderness ministry in Colorado, and in early 2011 they began the process of starting Journey Quest.

Mark & Sarah have 5 young children who love outdoor adventures and climbing all over all our staff. Mark is a Wilderness EMT, a Swiftwater & High-Angle Rescue instructor for Rescue 3 International, and a certified river guide instructor. Sarah is a Wilderness EMT and a certified river guide and trip-leader.

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Steve Nutting

Program Director

Steve grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado where he developed a passion for Christ, the outdoors, and youth ministry. He sensed God’s call to ministry while serving as a counselor at a Christian camp during the summer of 1996, and served as a guide and supervisor for 15 years at Camp Redcloud in Lake City, Colorado. In 2011 Steve joined with Mark & Sarah to help start Journey Quest. Steve has a passion for seeing the lives of youth and adults changed through an encounter with God in His creation.

Like anyone at a small organization, Steve wears many hats and oversees Journey Quest’s marketing, web-design, multi-day ministry trips, rock-climbing, and backcountry programs.

Steve is an avid mountaineer, climber, hiker and skier. He attended Jackson Hole Bible College where he earned a Diploma in Biblical Foundations, and is an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor and Wilderness EMT-Intermediate. When not out in the mountains, Steve enjoys music, gourmet cooking, reading, graphics design, technology, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Steve is a moonlight web-developer and graphics designer, and often volunteers with the local EMS and Search and Rescue teams.

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Josh Kerby

Program Specialist

Josh Kerby grew up in Colorado Springs where he gained a passion for the outdoors through Boy Scouts. He always knew he wanted to work in the outdoors, but never thought he would do wilderness ministry. Josh joined the team at Journey Quest for the 2014 season as a summer guide. He worked as a summer guide until the end of the 2016 season when he joined the full-time staff at Journey Quest. Josh has a passion for sharing with youth and adults about the power of the gospel through wilderness ministry. He loves seeing lives changed as they explore the beautiful creation of God’s handy work.

Josh is a Program Specialist here at Journey Quest. He oversees the multi-day trips, backcountry activities, staff recruitment and care, as well as the Journey Quest social media and blogs.

Josh is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys being outside in God’s breathtaking creation with friends and family. He attended Pike Peak Community College where he received certificates in Winter Field Studies and Mountain Field Studies. He is also a Wilderness First Responder and a certified river guide and trip leader. Some of his favorite activities are backpacking, rock climbing, rafting, skiing, and hiking. Josh has always had a passion for cooking and loves to explore new recipes and share them with others. When he is not outside or cooking, you will find him playing board games, card games, and enjoying the company of the people around him.

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Tim Krejci

Operations Director

Tim grew up in Menifee, California where he gained a passion for the outdoors while trying to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. He sensed God calling him to ministry while working maintenance for his home church in 2014. During the summer of 2015, Tim and a few friends traveled to Colorado for a rafting trip with Journey Quest. During that time, Tim felt a tug on his heart to join the ministry of Journey Quest. In 2016, Tim picked up his life in California and moved to Colorado. Tim is passionate about seeing lives change for the kingdom of God. He loves seeing individuals seek God in the creation the Lord has given us.

Tim is joining the team as the Operations Director. He will be overseeing building and vehicle maintenance, gear repair, and anything else that might need fixing.

Tim is in love with mountaineering, rock climbing, hiking, and fishing. He attended Colorado Mountain College where he earned degrees in Outdoor Recreational Leadership and Outdoor Education. When not out in the mountains, playing on the river, or fixing something, Tim enjoys Netflix’s, graphics design, painting, video editing, and just hangin’ out. During the off-season, Tim is usually getting ready for the next season but is typically found in front of his computer editing videos and designing new graphics, or maybe just binge-watching Netflix.

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Brooke Martin

Brooke Martin

Brooke will be joining Journey Quest for her second summer this year. Brooke, originally from Colorado Springs, attends Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction majoring in nursing. She graduates in December and cannot wait to see what God has in store for her as she transitions from student nurse to Registered Nurse! Her dream is to live in a tiny house someday and be a travel nurse. She helps lead Wyld Life (middle school Young Life) in Grand Junction and has loved growing a relationship with her middle school friends over the past couple years. Some of Brooke’s favorite things are photography, backpacking, making art, jam sessions, and summer. She also has a slight obsession with tea and fruit.

Brooke is passionate about the outdoors and looks forward to her second summer at Journey Quest. Brooke says, “Being a part of Journey Quest is such a blessing. I have met life long friends here and get to spend my whole summer doing what I love most- sharing Jesus with others in the great outdoors”. What Brooke loves most about Journey Quest is meeting new customers each day and getting to know them during a Whitewater rafting trip. She loves hearing people’s stories and believes that we can all learn something valuable from each person we meet. Brooke looks forward to another summer of worship sessions, leading groups on peak hikes, and countless trips down the Arkansas River.

 

Jen Rhoades

Jen Rhoades

This is Jen’s second year at Journey Quest, and she couldn’t be more excited. She hails from Clever, Missouri and moved to Colorado in 2017. She has completed her first year of college through the Worldview Academy Bridge year program here in Canon City. She currently works full-time and plans to finish her general education this coming fall. In the Future, her passion is to pursue outdoor education and go on to work in outdoor therapy. She loves quality time with the people she loves. Recent adventure favorites have included, but are not limited to, hiking, random, long drives with windows down and music up, having a dance party up on Skyline drive, and falling on the floor laughing from lack of sleep and friends who make her giggle until her side hurts.

Last year the Lord stretched her beyond what she thought was possible. He took her past physical and spiritual boundaries she thought she was too weak for, teaching her that strength is in Him and most certainly not in herself. He showed her the power of an amazing community of people working together for His good and that the story God has given her is enough to touch the heart of random strangers. Her prayer for this year is that God would work through her spirit of fear and replace it with knowing He is in control and will work through her as He chooses. She is most excited for more week-long trips this summer because of the relationships she has the opportunity to build and the change she gets to see in the students when they leave.

Jake Murphy

Jake Murphy

Jake will be joining Journey Quest for his second summer this year. Jake originates from the small mountain town of Lake City, Colorado and is currently based In Gunnison, Colorado. He is presently attending Western Colorado University and is majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and a second major in Economics. When not attending class, Jake loves to travel, explore new places, and meet new people. Jake also loves the outdoors and spends most of his fall and winter time guiding hunting trips throughout Colorado and Texas. He also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, off-roading, anything on the water, fishing (or trying to), snowmobiling, and snowboarding. Journey Quest has been a fantastic experience for Jake and has allowed him to meet a wonderful group of believers to be around and forge lifelong friendships. He is excited to get on the river and the rapids of the Arkansas again this year.

Through Journey Quest, Jake has been learning how to walk with Jesus and not after Him. Jake says, “I am learning the importance of redemption and what that means as a believer.” Jake is excited to share his love and enthusiasm for Jesus. Jake is excited for the water of the Arkansas River and Meeting new people this summer.

Nate Chandler

Nate Chandler

Nate Chandler will be joining Journey Quest for his second summer this year.  After growing up in chilly Minnesota, Nate moved to Sunny Colorado last year. Nate graduated from Hennepin Technical College with an associate degree in Architectural Technology spring 2018 and is now working for a construction company located in Canon City, CO. He enjoys hiking, camping, exploring, and playing soccer. Nate won an all-star award at a national homeschool soccer tournament, has a citizen award from his local police department, and makes videos about himself and the Bible to post on his YouTube Channel “N8 Chandler.”

Nate’s hope for this summer is that God would use him in to point people’s lives back to God with his actions and words.  He also anticipates personal growth through the struggles and trials that come naturally through being a raft guide. If Nate loves two things, they would be Jesus Christ and the great outdoors. Serving at with Journey Quest combines both into one!

Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness

Kyle Rogness is a first-year raft guide who hails all the way from Virginia. Currently, he is studying business administration at Thomas Edison State University, but he is looking to switch to a forestry degree from Virginia Tech in hopes to pursue wildland firefighting. During free time, he likes to play games/sports with friends, read lots of books (classic literature), write short stories, play the piano, goof off with siblings, travel the US, skate/longboard, and hike around the great outdoors.

Kyle is eager to learn and be taught the ways of the river, how to share the Gospel with anyone he meets, and grow with others who love the Lord. The outdoors are full of incredible sights, adventures, and good memories. Kyle can’t wait to enjoy these things and more with wonderful people.

Luke Frost

Luke Frost

Luke Frost is joining Journey Quest for his first summer this year. He’s originally from a small town called Marondera located in Zimbabwe where he spent the first 12 years of his life. He moved to Cañon City in 2018 to attend Worldview at the Abbey, a one-year theological program through Trinity University and now is excited to stay in Cañon over the summer. During his free time, Luke loves to build websites, go hiking, camping, fishing, snowboarding, driving (especially off-roading), explore nature, and spend time with friends and family. By far the easiest way to his heart would be a box of Oreos and a cup of South African Rooibos tea (with milk).

Luke is super excited to see how God will work in his life and the other people around him during this summer. Christ’s undying love and protection over Luke and his family has been mind-blowing, especially with the dangerous and politically unstable environment in Zimbabwe and through all the times he’s moved (eight times in the past six years). He’s most excited by the opportunity to grow in his faith over the summer and the prospect of spending most of every day out in Creation.

Kate Buckingham

Kate Buckingham

Kate Buckingham will be joining Journey Quest for her first season this year. Kate grew up in a military family and moved around her whole life. She spent time overseas in Italy as well as the woods in Alaska and has lived in 11 different states and countries. She just completed her first year of college in Cañon City, Colorado, but will be transferring to Montana State University where she plans to pursue a nursing degree. Kate enjoys good coffee, backpacking, road trips, jumping in puddles, four-wheel roads, skiing, playing the violin, and looking at puppies on the internet. She grew up with a family rule that she and her four siblings had to hike a mile for each birthday they had; and while she hated this rule growing up, it gave her a love for the outdoors and exploring. Hiking is now one of her favorite activities.

Kate’s hope for this summer is to learn how to lean fully on God and his strength. She is excited for the challenge of growing her faith in an unfamiliar environment and an opportunity to share her love for the outdoors and her faith as she spends the summer on the river.

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory

Emmaline Guillory will be joining Journey Quest for her first summer as a guide! She was born and raised outside of Clifton, a small town tucked away in the beautiful hill country of central Texas. Growing up, she loved to spend time outdoors fishing, exploring, and playing in the creek with her six siblings. She recently moved to Cañon City to attended Worldview at the Abbey, an academic bridge-year program. In the future, she hopes to work with organizations to help prevent human trafficking around the world and possibly run an outdoor recovery program for women affected by trafficking. Emmaline loves all things outdoors. Her favorite activities include backpacking, camping, mountain biking, snowboarding, and ultimate frisbee. She also loves spending time with family, stargazing, fly fishing, writing music and getting involved in epic prank battles!

Emmaline is excited for the challenges that lay ahead this summer as she pursues God, human relationships, and continues to learn to lean wholly on Christ.

Daniel Ramsey

Daniel Ramsey

For Daniel Ramsey, this will be his first year at Journey Quest and by far the craziest thing he’s ever done. Born and raised on the east coast in Connecticut, his first taste of the wild west has fueled his appetite for adventure. He originally came out to Colorado in 2018 for a gap-year program called Worldview at the Abbey, which he thoroughly enjoyed. In the past, he has acted in Shakespeare plays and is a Lieutenant in CAP (so yes, he is technically Lieutenant Dan). Outside of school, he loves almost anything that involves outdoors, adventuring and sports, most kinds of music, reading, singing, road tripping, and playing League of Legends. He loves early mornings (with coffee), and animals. He plans to work on many other aspects of his life in the future, including cooking, his writing and poetry, and playing instruments.

He hopes that Journey Quest will be a wonderful opportunity for him to not only work on knowing what he believes but also on defending that same belief. He is looking forward to exploring his adventurous side, all while strengthening his physical body and spiritual mind, growing in his relationships with others and Christ, and getting a nice tan (hopefully).

Mattie Lee Guillory

Mattie Lee Guillory

Mattie Lee Guillory is here for her second summer as staff! Volunteering in her free time two summers ago, she fell in love with the community and ministry that is Journey Quest. She is looking forward to meeting you when you book with us and join us on the river!

She is originally from central Texas but moved to Cañon City, Colorado to attend the College Freshman year theology program, Worldview at The Abbey in 2016. She still resides here today because of the incredible community she found in the church and people. She works in construction and spends her free time reading, climbing, hiking, playing guitar, piano, and singing. She is proficient in the language of sarcasm and the art of laughing too much. She is passionate about getting to know the people God places in her life and showing them the love of Christ!

Mattie Lee is excited to spend the summer with the Journey Quest family, pursuing and proclaiming God’s truth and beauty while serving alongside fellow outdoor and Jesus lovers!

Brooke Martin
Jen Rhoades
Jake Murphy
Nate Chandler
Kyle Rogness
Luke Frost
Kate Buckingham
Emmaline Guillory
Daniel Ramsey
Mattie Lee Guillory

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